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2006 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | New South Wales | Urban Centres and Localities

Lightning Ridge

Code UCL147800 (UCL)
People 2,602
Male 1,475
Female 1,127
Median age 44
Australian citizenship 2,276
People born overseas 500
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 21
Families 601
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 1,634
Average people per household 2.1
Median weekly household income $434
Median monthly mortgage repayment $563
Median weekly rent $90
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includes demographics | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics
People Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Total 2,602 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 1,475 56.7 9,799,252 49.4
Female 1,127 43.3 10,056,036 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 554 21.3 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 2,602 people were usually resident in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities): of these 56.7% were male and 43.3% were female. Of the total population 21.3% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Age Lightning Ridge % Australia %
People
0-4 years 177 6.8 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 350 13.5 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 203 7.8 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 972 37.4 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 456 17.5 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 442 17.0 2,644,374 13.3
 
Median age 44 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 20.3% of people usually resident in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities) were children aged 0-14 years, and 34.5% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 44 years.

Selected characteristics Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Australian citizenship 2,276 87.5 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 500 19.2 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 21 0.8 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 87.5% of people usually resident in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities) were Australian citizens, 19.2% were born overseas and 0.8% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status Lightning Ridge % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 650 31.4 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 494 23.8 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 155 7.5 936,813 5.9
Never married 775 37.4 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 31.4% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities) were married, 23.8% were either separated or divorced, 7.5% were widowed and 37.4% were never married.

People — cultural & language diversity
Country of birth Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Australia 1,894 72.8 14,072,944 70.9
 
Other top responses

Religious affiliation, top responses Lightning Ridge % Australia %

Language, top responses (other than English) Lightning Ridge % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Lightning Ridge % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 361 40.7 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 319 36.0 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 28 3.2 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 31 3.5 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 148 16.7 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 971 -- 5,271,116 --
Total labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 887 -- 9,607,987 --
 
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 887 people aged 15 years and over in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities) were in the labour force. Of these 40.7% worked full-time, 36.0% worked part-time, 3.2% were away from work, 3.5% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 16.7% were unemployed. 971 people were not in the labour force.

Occupation Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Industry of employment, top responses Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Lightning Ridge % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 262 -- 466 --
Family 575 -- 1,171 --
Household 434 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities), the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $262, the median family income was $575 and the median household income was $434.

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Families — family composition
Family composition Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Couple family without children 242 40.3 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 194 32.3 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 157 26.1 823,254 15.8
Other family 8 1.3 89,686 1.7
Total families 601 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 601 families in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities): of these 40.3% were couple families without children, 32.3% were couple families with children, 26.1% were one parent families and 1.3% were other families.

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includes dwelling structure | dwelling characteristics | household composition

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwellings include visitor only and other not-classifiable households unless otherwise stated

Dwelling type Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,318 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 1,634 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 1,318 occupied private dwellings were counted in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities).

Dwelling structure Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 869 65.9 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 16 1.2 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 90 6.8 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 343 26.0 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 0 0.0 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities), 65.9% were separate houses, 1.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 6.8% were flats, units or apartments and 26.0% were other dwellings.

Tenure Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 600 45.5 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 118 9.0 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 357 27.1 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 43 3.3 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 201 15.3 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities), 45.5% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 9.0% were owned with a mortgage and 27.1% were rented.

Landlord type Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Real estate agent 66 18.5 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 21 5.9 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 221 61.9 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 47 13.2 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities), of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 18.5% were rented from a real estate agent, 5.9% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 61.9% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics
Dwelling characteristics Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Median weekly rent 90 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 563 -- 1,300 --
Average people per household 2.1 -- 2.6 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.1 --

In the 2006 Census in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities), the median weekly rent was $90. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $563. The average people per household was 2.1 and the average number of people per bedroom was 1.2.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Lightning Ridge % Australia %
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
Family households 586 44.5 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 494 37.5 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 44 3.3 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Lightning Ridge (Urban Centres and Localities), 44.5% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 37.5% were single (or lone) person households and 3.3% were group households.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 25/10/2007

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats. For more information refer to Introduced Random Error. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

Census Data Quality.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats. For more information refer to Introduced Random Error in the 2006 Census Dictionary. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

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